Quinney Moves Out Front at FBR Open

RSS

2007 FBR OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former U.S. Amateur Champion Jeff Quinney fired an 8-under 63 on Friday to move to the top of the leaderboard during the suspended second round of the FBR Open. He stands at 13-under-par 129 and is three ahead at the TPC of Scottsdale.
 
The second round was suspended due to darkness Friday with 18 players remaining on the course. A 40-minute frost delay to start the second round pushed play back and now the six groups will return to the course at 9:40 a.m. (ET) Saturday morning to complete round two.
 
David Toms
David Toms stands five back of the lead heading into the weekend. (Wire Images)
Local favorite Billy Mayfair, who missed time last year due to testicular cancer, and Brad Bryant, who won the Tour Championship in 2005, both posted matching rounds of 5-under 66 on Friday. The pair is knotted in second place at minus-10.
 
John Rollins, who lost a playoff to Charley Hoffman two weeks ago at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, shot a 3-under 68 in the second round. He is tied for fourth place with Bubba Watson (67) and Robert Garrigus (67) at 9-under-par 133.
 
Charles Howell III, the current leader in FedEx Cup points race, is 5 under par in his second round. He is at 9 under par for the championship with two holes to play in round two.
 
Two players in danger of missing the 36-hole cut are two-time winner and reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson and defending champion J.B. Holmes. Both players are tied at 1-under-par 141, which is one stroke below the current cut line.
 
'It's not the start that I want to the year,' admitted Mickelson, who has not done better than a tie for 45th in three starts this season. 'I'm going to go work on it this weekend and see if I can get the putter working.'
 
One player who doesn't need to get the putter working is Quinney.
 
Quinney, who defeated James Driscoll to win the 2000 U.S. Amateur title, began his second round on the back nine and wasted little time in breaking into red figures. He knocked his approach to 'gimmie range' to set up birdie at the 10th, then rolled in a 15-footer for birdie at 11.
 
At the par-4 14th, Quinney hit a 7-iron to 15 feet and converted the birdie putt. His last birdie of his opening nine came at the 16th when he hit a poor 8-iron that came to rest 35 feet from the hole. Quinney made that birdie putt to reach 9 under par for the championship.
 
Quinney parred the first hole, then caught fire. At the par-4 second, Quinney wedged his approach to 8 feet and holed the putt. He made it two in a row with an up-and-down birdie from a bunker at the par-5 second, then polished off three in a row when his 8-iron tee ball at four stopped 8 feet from the stick.
 
Quinney was now in the lead at minus-12, but was not yet done. Once again, Quinney did not flush his 8-iron second shot, but the ball rolled to 2 feet, where he tapped in his birdie effort.
 
For the first time during the tournament, Quinney ran into serious trouble at the par-3 seventh. He admitted he was between clubs and played his tee ball into a bunker. Quinney blasted out to 10 feet, but failed to convert the par save.
 
He dropped back to 12 under par for the tournament, but reclaimed the lost stroke. At the eighth, Quinney hit a 6-iron to 15 feet and sank the birdie try. He stayed at minus-13 when he two-putted for par from 40 feet at the ninth.
 
'Just got off to a good start, got comfortable a little early,' said Quinney. 'I was able to feel real good over the ball. Really seeing the lines and the putts well. It was one of those days where you get in the zone and you feel like nothing can go wrong.'
 
Nothing much has gone wrong for Quinney so far in 2007.
 
One year removed from finishing sixth on the Nationwide Tour money list, Quinney has flown out of the gate in his rookie year. He tied for fourth at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and shared fourth last week at the Buick Invitational. Quinney is ranked 10th in FedEx Cup points and 11th on the PGA TOUR money list.
 
'I'm surprised obviously, but you shouldn't be in a way,' said Quinney. 'This is why you play the game, to contend and to compete. You just don't go out there to finish 30th place and kind of squeak by. This is where I want to be. I want to be in contention and in front of the lights.'
 
David Toms, the 2001 PGA Champion, carded a 2-under 69 and is tied for eighth place with Vaughn Taylor and Brett Quigley, both of whom shot 67s on Friday. The trio is knotted at minus-8.
 
First-round leader Dudley Hart only managed an even-par 71 and is part of a group tied for 11th place at 7-under-par 135.
 
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard
  • Full Coverage - FBR Open
  • Golf Channel Airtimes